Potpourri with cover

Factory Niderviller French
Period of Baron Jean-Louis de Beyerlé French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 545

Niderviller, an area in the Lorraine region of France, came into prominence as a producer of enamel-decorated faience in the mid-eighteenth century when Baron Jean-Louis de Beyerlé purchased a factory there. Under Beyerlé and the chemist-painter François-Antoine Anstett, the factory produced an innovative range of models and colors in petit feu faience, or tin-glazed earthenware that was fired twice. Such forms were undoubtedly influenced by the factory’s parallel forays into hard-paste porcelain production from 1760 to 1765. This potpourri with cover exemplifies the Rococo aesthetic that dominated the factory in the middle of the eighteenth century. The rose-hued imaginary landscape on the base is evocative of the designs of Jean Pillement, while the asymmetrical scrolls and openwork on the cover is reminiscent of the ornament designs of Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier. In 1770, Beyerlé sold the factory to the Comte de Custine, who was guillotined during the French Revolution in 1793

Potpourri with cover, Niderviller (French, manufactory established 1735), Faience (tin-glazed earthenware), French, Niderviller

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